The Men Who Made Us Fat

by Arline on July 6, 2012

Around the world, obesity levels are rising.  More people are now overweight than undernourished

Shocking statistics, right?

The BBC recently ran a series of episodes about this epidemic, and I’m going to share a link to Episode # 1 in a minute. That first episode (an hour long, but well worth watching) exposes the lies we are being fed from governments and food companies.

The BBC’s website says this about the series:

Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese. In the first of this three-part series, Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits, to find out how decisions made in America 40 years ago influence the way we eat now.

Peretti travels to America to investigate the story of high-fructose corn syrup. The sweetener was championed in the US in the 1970s by Richard Nixon’s agriculture secretary Earl Butz to make use of the excess corn grown by farmers. Cheaper and sweeter than sugar, it soon found its way into almost all processed foods and soft drinks.

HFCS is not only sweeter than sugar, it also interferes with leptin, the hormone that controls appetite.  So once you start eating or drinking it, you don’t know when to stop.

Endocrinologist Robert Lustig was one of the first to recognise the dangers of HFCS, but his findings were discredited at the time. Meanwhile a US Congress report blamed fat, not sugar, for the disturbing rise in cardio-vascular disease… and the food industry responded with ranges of ‘low fat’, ‘heart healthy’ products in which the fat was removed – but the substitute was yet more sugar.

Meanwhile, in 1970s Britain, food manufacturers used advertising campaigns to promote the idea of snacking between meals. Outside the home, fast food chains offered clean, bright premises with tempting burgers cooked and served with a very un-British zeal and efficiency. Twenty years after the arrival of McDonalds, the number of fast food outlets in Britain had quadrupled.

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Watch online, now or later, with this link: The Men Who Made Us Fat – Episode 1

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I like the comments made by a fellow health enthusiast in her blog, Fit With Tracy:

“Well worth an hour of your time to see how the food you put into your body can affect you.  Is it sugar making us fat?  Is it fat that’s making us fat?  Is it the chemicals that they replace sugar & fat with that’s making us fat?  Is it that we are just plain old greedy & dont know when to stop?  How much of the blame lies with us?  but how much of the blame lies within the food industry?  finally a program on how the food industry know the ingredients they put into the food they sell are likely to make us want more & more, they know how it affects our brains, they know how it’s going to line their pockets!!!!”

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